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King County Sheriff

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   King County Sheriff

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Call (206) 296-3311 24-hours to report a neighborhood problem or a crime that is not an emergency.


King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave
Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-4155
TTY Relay: 7-1-1
sheriff@kingcounty.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Property

If you are an attorney, requesting that the Sheriff act upon a court order regarding an attachment or execution of property, please view the Real Property Attachment Intake Form and the Real Property Execution Intake Form for our requirements and fees.

Real Property Auctions

Sheriff’s Sales are ‘judicial foreclosures’ (or executions) on real property to satisfy a money judgment. The order to sell comes from the Superior Court Clerk. We are selling only the judgment debtor’s interest in the real estate. It is subject to all existing liens and encumbrances. We have limited information about the sale property since we do not need to know any information other than the address and legal description to conduct our sales. It is not possible for potential purchasers to view the interior of the structure prior to the sale.

The property sold may have a Redemption period from eight months to one year. Redemption means that the owner may pay back the amount bid at the sale plus interest, taxes, etc. in order to ‘redeem’ the property and become the owner again. If you have legal questions about this procedure, you should contact your attorney for direction, or read the Revised Code of the state of Washington pertaining to Redemption.

Sheriff sale notices and notices regarding postponements of sales are posted in the King County Courthouse lobby, as well as in the first and fourth floor entrances of the King County Administration Building. The sales of real property conducted by the Sheriff are published in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce newspaper once per week for four consecutive weeks prior to the sale.

If you are the winning bidder at a sale, you must provide the Sheriff with cash or cashier’s check made payable to the court clerk’s office issuing the Writ of Execution or Order of Sale by 12:00 p.m. or the property will go to the next highest bidder.

Personal Property

If you are an attorney, requesting that the Sheriff act upon a court order regarding an attachment, execution, or replevin of property, please view the Personal Property Attachment Intake Form, the Personal Property Execution Intake Form and Sheriff's Notice Regarding Storage, or Intake Form for Replevins for our requirements and fees.

Personal Property Auctions

The sales are generally held at 10:00 a.m. at the location where the property is being stored. Please see the sale notice for information on particular sales. Sheriff sale notices and notices regarding postponements of sales are posted in the King County Courthouse lobby, as well as in the first and fourth floor entrances of the King County Administration Building.

The property may be viewed ½-1 hour prior to the sale. If you are the winning bidder at the sale, you must provide the Sheriff with cash or cashier’s check made payable to the court clerk’s office issuing the Writ of Execution, or the sale will go to the next highest bidder.

If you are the successful bidder, we will provide you with a Bill of Sale. There is no right of redemption in personal property sales; however, the items are sold as-is and subject to any liens in place.


Contact or Visit the Civil Unit

Civil Process Unit
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104
Email: Civil.KCSO@kingcounty.gov
Phone: (206) 263-2600
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays.


Fees charged

Fees are payable in advance. See our Fee Schedule (effective February 12, 2014) for fees and mileage costs. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check, or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "King County Sheriff." At this time, we do not accept credit or debit cards.


Related Information

Washington Administrative Code
Revised Code of Washington
King County Superior Court